‘A Raisin in the Sun’ Through the Eyes of Afro-Swedes
By Isma’il Kushkush
“STOCKHOLM — Groundbreaking at the time, the 1959 Broadway play “A Raisin in the Sun” showcased to a wider public the struggles of a poor African-American family on the South Side of Chicago.
The main characters — Walter Lee Younger and his wife, Ruth; his mother, Lena; and his sister, Beneatha — grapple with issues of race, dignity, generational clashes and dashed dreams.
On Friday, the play will break different ground: It will be performed by an overwhelmingly African-Swedish cast here at the Riksteatern, in the first major Swedish rendition of the play.
The play, originally written by Lorraine Hansberry, is expected to draw wide interest in a country whose tradition of welcoming newcomers from other cultures is threatened. Several recent reports have pointed to an increasing number of racially motivated attacks on Swedes of African descent, along with rising xenophobia amid Europe’s migrant crisis.”
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